Crash continues escape drama

Therapist, husband race through town

May 30, 1999|By Brenda J. Buote | Brenda J. Buote,SUN STAFF

The prison psychologist accused of helping a convicted armed robber escape from state prison was detained along with her estranged husband Friday after he pursued her through downtown Annapolis in a high-speed car chase that ended with a crash, police said yesterday.

Elizabeth L. Feil, 43, and Glenn Bosshard, 44, were released separately in the wake of the rush-hour incident near the Annapolis courthouse, police said.

Bosshard, who was released yesterday from the Anne Arundel County Detention Center after posting $10,000 bail, faces charges of first- and second-degree assault, according to a booking clerk at the detention center. Police said he also was issued several traffic citations.

Feil, who is accused of helping a former patient and another inmate escape from prison two weeks ago, was issued traffic citations and released at the scene Friday, police said. No one was injured.

"Unless both of these individuals seek some type of counseling for different types of problems that they may have, I'm extremely fearful that someone's going to get hurt," said Bosshard's attorney, David Fischer.

An attorney for Feil could not be reached for comment yesterday.

According to police, the incident began about 5: 30 p.m. Friday when Feil -- who is out on bail on two counts of harboring a prison escapee and other charges -- drove by the Taylor Avenue home she shared with her husband, police said.

"She drove by their house, and he got upset," said Officer Eric Crane, spokesman for the Annapolis Police Department. "He jumped in his car and chased her by the Taylor Avenue police station."

Bosshard caught up with Feil near Rowe Boulevard and rammed her car, Crane said. The two Subarus sped along Church Circle and Rowe Boulevard. The chase ended when Bosshard cut Feil off near Taylor Avenue, causing her vehicle to crash into his, Crane said.

"They're lucky no one was hurt," he added. Both were detained at the scene.

Feil is accused of helping robber Byron Smoot, 38, and murderer Gregory Lee Lawrence, 39, escape from the Maryland Correctional Institution in Jessup May 18. The two were dorm-mates at the medium-security facility.

Police and prison officials said Feil met Smoot two years ago, when he was incarcerated at the Patuxent Institution. She was supposed to help him with a crack addiction he admitted to in court records.

Bosshard has accused Feil of having an affair with Smoot and has released love letters and e-mail of a sexually explicit nature between his wife and the robber. Feil's attorney has denied Bosshard's claims.

According to police, the letters also allude to an escape plan.

Smoot and Lawrence scaled the razor-wire fence at the prison and went to a phone booth less than a mile away. State police believe the inmates called Feil, who picked them up in her Subaru. Blood from both men was found on the seats of the car.

The inmates were captured in Baltimore two days after their escape.

Lawrence was serving a life sentence for murder for shooting a man and stealing his shoes in 1978. Smoot was imprisoned for a rash of armed robberies and was sentenced to 29 years.

In the aftermath of the escape, prison officials suspended two corrections officers, and three others face possible disciplinary action. Police also have begun staffing a guard tower that was empty when the inmates broke out.

Police are continuing their investigation into the escape and into a mail-order scheme they say Feil cooked up with Smoot.

The Associated Press contributed to this article.

Pub Date: 5/30/99

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